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Erect-crested Penguin

The Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sclateri) is found in New Zealand and breeds on the Bounty and Antipodes Islands in large colonies on rocky terrain.

This is a medium-sized, yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin that grows to approximately 60cm. It has bluish-black to jet black upperparts and white underparts. It has a broad, bright yellow eyebrow-stripe which extends over the eye to form a short, erect crest.

Its diet consists of krill and squid but it will occasionally supplement with small fish.

The current status of this penguin is endangered due to population decline and a small breeding range restricted to two locations. The current population is estimated to be approximately 154,000.

PHOTO CREDIT: D. Houston

Erect-crested Penguin


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